In Sunday’s win over the Denver Broncos, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger became the first player in the history of the league to twice complete 40 passes in a single game. On Thursday, Roethlisberger was once again named the FedEx Air Player of the Week.
Roethlisberger, who has now won the weekly passing award from FedEx three times this season, completed 40 of his 55 pass attempts against the Broncos top-rated pass defense for 380 yards and 3 touchdowns. Two of his scoring throws went to wide receiver Antonio Brown as the Steelers overcame a 17-point deficit for a huge home win.
Roethlisberger, who enters Week 16 with 3,369 passing yards on the season, needs 615 more in the Steelers final two regular season games to pass Dan Fouts for 12th place on the NFL career passing yardage list. He also needs just 60 more completions in order to pass Kerry Collins for 12th place on the NFL career passes completed list.
Earlier in the week, Roethlisberger was selected to his fourth Pro Bowl. In recognition of him winning the weekly award, FedEx will donate $2,000 to the local American Red Cross in Roethlisberger’s name.